Freebie Pattern: Let’s Knit a Dishcloth!

A knitted dishcloth is the perfect pattern when you’re looking for a quick and easy project. This garter stitch and slipped stitch dishcloth looks beautiful in both a solid and variegated cotton yarn. Knit a few for your own home or whip up a quick set to give as a gift – you’ll find this pattern simple and soothing to make.

Finished Size
7” (17.75 cm) x 7” (17.75 cm)

– 70 yards of worsted weight dishcloth cotton yarn
– US Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
– Tapestry needle
– Locking stitch marker (optional)

20 sts & 32 rows = 4” (10cm) in patt st

Gauge is not critical for this pattern; however, a different gauge will affect size of dishcloth and amount of yarn used.


Using the long tail cast on, CO 35 sts.
Knit 1 row on WS.

Note: You may find it helpful to use a locking stitch marker to mark the RS of the work.

Row 1 (RS): K3, *sl1 wyib, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): K3, *sl1 wyif, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 3: K1, *sl1 wyib, K3; rep from * to the last 2 sts, sl1 wyib, k1.
Row 4: K1, *sl1 wyif, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl1 wyif, k1.

Rep rows 1 – 4 another 12 times (48 rows).
Rep rows 1 – 2 once more.
Knit 2 rows.

BO loosely on RS. Using a tapestry needle, weave in ends.

BO: Bind off
CO: Cast On
k: knit
patt: pattern
rep: repeat
RS: Right Side
sl: slip stitch purlwise
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: Wrong Side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front

Related Video: Long Tail Cast On, and With Yarn in Front vs. With Yarn in Back

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